SDSU Stories

Stage sick — Flight of the Conchords

Music-comedy duo use the sore throat for comedic effect

Musical-comedy duo Flight of the Conchords didn’t care that several fans in the front row had brought small children to their sold-out gig at San Diego State: nothing was going to stop them from boasting ...

Valley soccer fever

SDSU expansion depends on pro sports

Who will actually determine the fate of a much-talked-about plan to expand San Diego State University onto the Mission Valley land currently occupied by Qualcomm Stadium? Judging from last month’s minutes of the school’s Campanile ...

The Fight for $15 wages on SDSU's doorstep

“President Hirshman would pay you $2 an hour if he could.”

Shortly after 8 a.m. this morning (April 14), approximately 100 people rallied in front of SDSU's East Commons and next to the offices of Aztec Shops in protest of student and other workers’ pay on ...

Money for helmets, not for books

Say goodbye to Lexis-Nexis

Money for college sports at tax-funded San Diego State University has been growing at a rapid clip. Not so, the school’s library funding, according to a dire State of the Library report presented April 5 ...

$35 tab for Moores dog-and-pony SDSU stadium show

Scandal-beset university benefactor may try again for "public-private" real estate deal

Taxpayers eager for information on the behind-the-scenes machinations regarding a downtown Chargers stadium and expanding San Diego State University to Mission Valley will have to fork over at least $35 for the privilege. That's the ...

Scripture served warm

Pastor Darin Johnson answered the call

Membership: 34,000+ (entire SDSU faculty, staff and student body) Pastor: Darin Johnson Age: 49 Born: Sioux Falls, SD Formation: Iowa State University, Ames, IA; Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago; Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA Years ...

War rages on against apartment project

City poised to rely on irrelevant environmental study

The proposed College Avenue Apartments is essentially a dormitory in an apartment building’s clothing, says a group of residents in a newly filed lawsuit against the City of San Diego, San Diego State University Foundation, ...

Joshua Oppenheimer brings The Look of Silence to SDSU

One-night screening on Tuesday, February 23

Award-winning documentarian Joshua Oppenheimer brings his Academy Award–nominated film The Look of Silence to the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre for a one-night screening on February 23. Oppenheimer was gracious enough to speak at ...

SDSU's high cost of finding there there

$2.58 million sought "so people can know that they are at San Diego State"

San Diego State University president Elliot Hirshman, known as the $420,000 man for his record-setting salary, is getting closer to his long-held dream of building an array of costly "gateways" to set the school apart ...

Thirdhand smoke? Oh, brother.

SDSU researchers warn of long-lasting toxins left by cigarettes

While the public has long been aware of the dangers of smoking and passive exposure to secondhand smoke, researchers at San Diego State University are raising a call for vigilance regarding the perils posed by ...

Students teach the lessons in Circle Circle dot dot’s site-specific LGBTQ+ On-Campus

"Change begins with starting a conversation"

Circle Circle dot dot’s “LGBTQ+ On-Campus” was a site-specific examination of queer life at San Diego State University. In collaboration with the university’s Pride Center, this performance was a two-hour rotating installation project inspired by ...

Mention of "shooting up the office" at SDSU?

Student's threat at university not considered criminal

In September at San Diego State University, campus police responded to a report of an alleged threat of physical violence made by students toward a university employee. Captain Joshua Mays of the (SDSU) department of ...

The strings attached to SDSU's Confucius cash

Iron lady of Chinese government calls tough shots in education war

Buried in next week's agenda of the California State University’s board of trustees meeting is a $4 million item that could fuel an ongoing national controversy about the role Chinese big money is playing at ...

SDSU does poorly with the poor

Study notes recruitment and graduation of low-income students lacking

In a new study, the Institute for Higher Education Policy says some large universities, including San Diego State, get low grades for the enrollment and graduation rates of low-income students. The measurement was based on ...

SDSU offers a craft beer education

Certificates train future employees and executives

In fall 2013, San Diego State University began offering a Business of Craft Beer certification. Rather than train people to brew, the program teaches different aspects of working in the craft beer industry, whether starting ...

Space-age gunslinger rocks SDSU

My Morning Jacket's generous set

My Morning Jacket’s Jim James looked like a space-age gunslinger on this evening at SDSU’s Open Air Theatre. He sported a black leather trench coat throughout the show. It was outlaw badass and the perfect ...

SDSU has been under-reporting campus crime

San Diego State University’s lying stats

San Diego State University, rattled by a wave of sexual assaults and other violent incidents, has been under-reporting campus crime, says a September 28 audit by the California State University system. “The process to tabulate ...

University of California's skewed take on Title IX

Judge in Northern California says officials botched sexual assault hearing

Administrators at University of California campuses throughout the state continue to struggle with following protocol while investigating and adjudicating Title IX sexual misconduct cases. On September 22, 2015, a Yolo County Superior Court judge found ...

SDSU rock-and-roll anthropologists dig deep into campus music history

Ella was a badass

“Jaime and I have become rather obsessed with the history of live music at SDSU,” says Seth Mallios, professor of anthropology at San Diego State and co-author of Let It Rock!, a five-volume book series ...

My morning walk with Jim James

My Morning Jacket frontman talks Waterfall, recording gizmos, and walking for inspiration

In late 2013, My Morning Jacket set up camp north of San Francisco in Marin County to begin recording the collection of songs that became The Waterfall. The band selected a new studio called Panoramic ...

San Diego universities botch sexual assault investigations

Campus police impotence — just the tip of the iceberg

“Judges are starting to realize that maybe schools shouldn’t be handling these types of sexual assault cases.”

Like SDSU, like Faulconer?

Does school’s decade-long environmental impact fight portend mayor's stadium fate?

How sticky can a legal battle over an environmental impact report get? Plenty, based on an August 3 ruling by the state supreme court against San Diego State University that may be regarded as a ...

Is SDSU chief really hurting for a fatter raise?

Hirshman pay nudged to $420,000 with more possible

San Diego State president Eliot Hirshman, formerly known as the $400,000 man, is likely about to get yet another bump in his annual base pay, making him the newly minted $420,000 man. According to an ...

Young Goodman Gano

Violent Femmes frontman talks religion and rock with the Reader

If you don’t know of the Violent Femmes, you surely know “Blister in the Sun,” so popular I once heard a frat-boy chug-a-lug singalong with it at my college — which doesn’t have frat boys. ...

This underbelly isn't pork

Restaurants' illegal salary practices in the daylight

Wage theft is a pervasive problem in the local restaurant industry, according to "Shorted,” a report released Tuesday (June 16) by San Diego State University Department of Sociology and the Center on Policy Initiatives. More ...

SDSU announces plan to cover cost of proposed stadium rent hike

Higher (priced) education

The Citizens' Stadium Advisory Group report on the new Chargers stadium includes a plan to increase the San Diego State University Aztecs' rent for use of the facility from $500,000 per year to $1.25 million ...

Combat boots storm campus

Docs, vintage style, and trendy takes on the durable classic

Fashion always recycles itself as evidenced by the proliferation of high-waisted pants and the return of stonewashed denim. It’s no surprise that the 90s grunge-girl staple — the combat boot — has resurfaced in a ...

Cultural acne cure-all

Name-changing has become a busy business at San Diego’s two state-sponsored universities. At UCSD it’s been announced that the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies is being renamed the UC San Diego School of ...

SDSU ham-hands itself a lawsuit

Student accused — then cleared — of sexual assault says damage was done

A former San Diego State University student who was accused — charges were later dismissed — of sexual assault on a student in December of last year plans to take legal action against San Diego ...

Wanted for cash: SDSU drop-outs

They don’t know it yet, but thousands who graduated from San Diego State University are regarded by campus fundraisers as “lost.” To hit up the missing, the school has been combing through “thousands of digital ...

Bicycle trap

Despite improvements, lawsuits still being paid out

On Tuesday, April 21, San Diego city councilmembers are expected to approve a settlement offer in the amount of $225,000 to a cyclist who sued over the city's inadequate and defective bike lanes. The lawsuit, ...

Living on the edge with no living wage

Another day of action observed, another day of inaction from politicos

Activists pushing for a higher minimum wage through the labor-backed Fight for 15 campaign staged their biggest protest yet on Wednesday. Starting early on the morning of April 15, the protest — timed to coincide ...

Hot and bothered at San Diego State

Student claims he was booted without a hearing of sexual assault allegations

San Diego State University is under scrutiny for its handling of a sexual assault investigation. In a lawsuit filed on April 8 in San Diego Superior Court, a now-expelled student is suing the college for ...

Approaching lunacy

It’s going to take some hefty cash for San Diego State University to finally find its way, judging by a new campus navigation project described at a recent board meeting of the school’s nonprofit Campanile ...

SDSU’s oversized travel tabs hit by audit

Unauthorized hotel expenses and flight upgrades pad taxpayer-funded travel costs

Taxpayer-funded travel has been out of control at San Diego State University, with executive staff and faculty spending greater than allowed amounts on hotel rooms and business-select class airfare without adequate receipts and justification. To ...

Agent Snickerdoodle takes San Francisco assignment

Mysterious cookie dealer cuts short what was reportedly a growing business

”It's been an amazing four years, but all good things must come to a close...over and out...,” Agent Snickerdoodle posted on his Facebook page on February 25. He no longer responds to texts, emails, or ...

Oh, those troublesome bike lanes

Change of traffic plan near SDSU doesn't sit well with some residents

Councilmember Marti Emerald is asking mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego State president Elliot Hirshman to reject a proposal to widen sidewalks and install bike lanes instead of adding two new traffic lanes in front ...

Violence jackpot

California state auditor Elaine Howle strongly criticized San Diego State University last June for not having a so-called confidential advocate for victims of sexual violence. “When UC Berkeley establishes its new position, all of the ...

Hirshman’s hustle

San Diego State University has lately seen its share of sexual violence on campus, but the school’s ambitious fundraising efforts, closely supervised by president Elliot Hirshman, appear to remain unaffected. Hirshman’s $400,000-plus yearly pay has ...

Google Ogle

SDSU's mandatory online sex manners course undone by Google AdSense

REASSESSING THE BENEFITS OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY, SAN DIEGO STATE — Following a fall semester which saw no fewer than seven SDSU students report incidences of sexual assault, the university's administration decided to take decisive action. ...

The Dzierzanowski Deviation

"In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women." — Tony Montana, Scarface It's ...

Last call for Les Miz at SDSU, Enron, Honky

Three strong shows must close by December 7 — don't miss them.

Before it begins to look a LOT like Christmas, there’s still time to catch three shows that must close Sunday. 1.) Les Miserables in Concert at SDSU. Lamb’s Players did a minimalist version of the ...

SDSU tops UVA in AP rape poll

When the Associated Press Collegiate Sexual Assault Standings were published earlier this week, at least one person was not surprised to see San Diego State holding steady at number one: Chad Manhand, chief sexual assault ...

Now Try This: Frozen Custard at Bruxie

Waffle sandwich emporium provides College Area with exceptional ice cream.

SoCal waffle sandwich chain, Bruxie, has carved out its niche by stuffing lunch meats and fried chicken between slender waffles, marketing the result as, “a new take on The Sandwich.” The most popular item, fried ...

Horror House

SDSU President defends decision to partner with fledgling FOX News movie studio.

Statement from San Diego State President Elliot "Moneyman" Hirsh: "We understand that some members of the University community — particularly those associated with the Kappa Delta sorority — are unhappy with our decision to go ...

Tearing down the ivory tower

SDSU prez cites pay raise, tuition hike as valuable "real world experience" for students.

Guest Editorial by San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman A recent article in these pages cast aspersions on the likely event that I would receive a pay raise, even as SDSU was imposing new ...

Pulling off that Monday Morning look

What casual collegiates wore at SDSU.

SDSU on a Monday morning is a sea of fashion mediocrity. The campus is sprinkled with students wearing sneakers, joggers, yoga pants, tees and top knots. I get it; I do. No one likes Mondays, ...

Fat pay boost for SDSU's Elliot Hirshman

University president's $400,000 salary could bump to $412,000

To hear California university administrators tell it, times are tough all over. Pleading incipient poverty, the University of California is seeking to raise tuition 5 percent a year for five years, and some California state ...

So-called "Booty Bug" has San Diego college kids on high alert

Students at UCSD, SDSU, USD, PLU, CSSM, Palomar College, and other schools throughout San Diego are reporting high levels of anxiety this week following multiple hospitalizations caused by the deadly meningococbloccal bacteria. The disease, which ...

Enemies of the estate sale

“When burglars come in, it’s [usually] other family members."

“Dollar-store owners have been stealing our bright orange signs that we spent all night working on,” says Jill K, a retired teacher. “We don’t have them printed like our competitors do.” Jill says the act ...

SDSU's top spook

Real-life James Bond led colorful, lucrative life of cash and intrigue

The death of Charles Hostler, a longtime contributor to the financial wellbeing of San Diego State University, has been marked by tributes at the highest levels there. “Charles Hostler was a visionary and a true ...

SDSU international students discuss American fashion

Aussie invasion on campus.

While enjoying brunch in San Diego, I found Australian (and one Brit) SDSU students Alice Himelstein, Bridie Davey, Sarah Astrada, Becky Oaks, and Sierra Callaway enjoying a break from studying. The five friends had some ...

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